Skiing and touring at the Ötscher

The 2020/21 season offers 2 signposted routes are available for enthusiastic ski tourers. In addition to the popular tour to the Great Ötscher, this year another possibility of climbing the mountain on skis has been added. A true expert route on the Little Ötscher, which should only be attempted by experienced ski tourers and competitive athletes.

Track "Ötscher-Schutzhaus"

Total ascent: about 3,4km and about 560 meters of altitude
Level: light-medium, also suitable for beginners

The route starts at the rear parking lot in Weitental. From there it runs along the road to the edge of the forest. There the trail turns right and continues slightly uphill through the forest. After a few minutes you will reach piste #2 of the Großer Ötscher. The ascent route is on the extreme left side of the slope as seen from below. A little further up you turn left onto the ski trail. After a right-hand bend, you continue along the ski trail towards piste #2. Shortly after that, the ascent route runs left into the forest. From there on you are off the ski slopes in the wooded area. The ascent to the shelter is marked.The upper part of the ascent track (in the wooded area) is not open for downhill skiing.

Track "Little Ötscher - vertical up"
Total ascent: about 2,8km and about 600 meters of altitude

Level: difficult, only suitable for experts
The entrance is via the snowshoe hiking trail to the Eibenkogel. From there the route follows the lift route of the 4-person chairlift in the direction of the Little Ötscher summit. There are 400 very steep meters of altitude in front of you - perfect for training purposes! The descent must be on the slopes 3, 5 or 7 and in any case during the operating hours of the Ötscherlift-Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Piste closures are Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun from 04:30 pm and Tue & Fri from 09:00 pm.

Evening Tours
Every Tuesday and Friday evening the slopes #1 and #2 on the Great Ötscher are open from 04:30 pm as a ski route for skiers and tourers.

On three full moon nights in the season between 04:30 - 09:00 pm, skiers can walk and ski these routes:

Wednesday, Dec. 30th 2020
Thursday, Jan. 28th 2021
Saturday, Feb. 27th 2021

Price per day: 8 €
Season ticket: 80 €
Children under 15 years (born 2006): free

Season tickets can only be purchased at the main ticket office in Eibenkogel.

Mountain camaraderie instead of elbow mentality

Our appeal to all ski tourers is: Please respect issued closures, guidelines and the distance rules - even despite the fact that you are outdoors!
Please inform yourself about the snow situation on the Ötscher and take a look at the safety instructions of the Austrian Alpine Association!
Always include the current avalanche warning level when planning your ski tour! Do not only carry your safety equipment with you, but also use it. Try to avoid dangerous situations at all costs, because in COVID times it is even more difficult than usual for the mountain rescue to rescue buried and injured persons. 

More information in englisch and an interactive trail map can be found here!

Ötscher Bergbahnen